The peak body representing women lawyers in NSW for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

03 March 2009     

Dear Members & Colleagues

We were delighted that so many of our distinguished guests, members and colleagues were able to attend the inspirational cocktail event co-hosted with Australian Women Lawyers that we held on 20 February 2009. Celebrating the handover of the AWL Patronage from the Honourable Mary Gaudron QC to the Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia, Justice Gaudron noted that being a professional lawyer is “hard work” and that women’s organisations such as WLANSW and AWL are needed for friendship, advice and support. Please click here for our full Media Release.

Our corporate lunch that followed on Monday 23 February with Lucinda Chan, Division Director of Macquarie Bank Financial Services, provided a snapshot of financial trends past and present and a realistic viewpoint of the current economic climate. Many thanks to TressCox Lawyers for their sponsorship and support.

Our next functions include a networking cocktail event on 12 March in support of International Women’s Day and our 24 March corporate lunch sponsored by Middletons Lawyers with Ilana Atlas, Group Executive, People, Westpac and Partner for 17years at Malleson Stephen Jacques prior to joining Westpac in 2002.

On 1 April, our Platinum Sponsor Diamond Financial Solutions will host a free seminar “Financially Fit For Life”, 5.30-7.30pm at The Law Society of NSW. Further details will be available shortly, however, if you wish to reserve your place at this popular seminar, please email us at

Please refer below for further details. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

Kind regards,
Mary Snell

WLANSW is supporting the International Women’s Day Rally & March commencing from the Sydney Town Hall at 11am on Saturday 7 March. WLANSW is joining the Women's Legal Services NSW to share a stall with them and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre as part of the after-March Rally and celebrations in Hyde Park at 1pm.

Jessica Brown Networking Cocktail Event in support of International Women’s Day
5.30-7.30pm Thursday, 12 March 2009 at The Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip St., Sydney
Enjoy a networking experience and stimulating company with the Women Lawyers’ Association and the opportunity to support a great foundation and program. Gifts, door prizes, cocktails and canapés! Jessica Brown, Founder & CEO of Life Changing Experiences Foundation provides young girls the chance to break the cycle of destitution and abuse by attending The SISTER2sister Program.
Please click here for further information and registration details.

Ilana AtlasCorporate Lunch Series 2009: Tuesday 24 March
“Attracting and Retaining Women: The Business Case”

As Group Executive, People, Ilana Atlas is responsible for Westpac's overall people management framework including employee relations, training and development and remuneration. Ilana is also responsible for public affairs and communication. Prior to joining Westpac, Ilana was a partner of Malleson Stephen Jaques for 17 years specialising as a corporate lawyer. She also held managerial roles in the firm including managing partner and responsibility for human resources. Proudly sponsored by Middletons Lawyers. Please click here for further details and registration.

Melissa Gilbert of Diamond Financial SolutionsMelissa Gilbert, Principal of Diamond Financial Solutions, WLANSW Platinum Sponsor.
There are some great advantages and opportunities if you want to purchase a home and/or refinance. Note that under the Government’s first home buyers grant (FHOG) eligible buyers will need to enter a contract before 30 June 2009: for further details. To ensure you keep on track with your financial goals, review your debt management strategy on a regular basis. Please visit our website for details on our range of services or call me to discuss your requirements on 02 8437 3562.


In their 24 February 2009 News Alert, EOWA's 2008 Census of Women in Leadership revealed that the number of women on boards and in executive management positions has declined since 2006. EOWA also released qualitative research titled (A)gender in the Boardroom based on interviews with female directors and male chairs which revealed the challenges facing women in the boardroom. EOWA’s annual survey has revealed that the provision of flexible working arrangements has increased since 2003. Please visit their website for further details

2009 Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarships for an LLM in Scotland - Applications close Friday 20th March 2009.
Rio Tinto is once again offering two scholarships to lawyers currently working or interested in working at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) or Native Title Service Providers (NTSPs). Successful candidates will undertake a one-year Master of Laws (LLM) in Mineral Law and Policy at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee and must commit to work within an NTRB or NTSP for a minimum period of two years upon their return. The program commences in September 2009.
Further information can be found at:
Click to visit LLM in Mineral Law and Policy Program for additional details.

Invitation from the Producer of ABC’s Q&A Program
The Q&A program on the ABC is looking for engaged, intelligent and articulate people to get involved in their live to air program that puts punters, pollies and pundits together in the studio to thrash out the hot issues of the week. The premise of the show is that we have a weekly panel of politicians, thinkers and other leaders of Australian society, and the live audience asks them questions directly about current news issues. Q&A is hosted by one of the ABC's most respected journalists - Tony Jones. As host of Lateline, Tony is master of the political interview, but on Q&A he hands the microphone over to you. Past guests have included Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, author and academic, Germaine Greer, Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, leader of the Greens, Bob Brown, and the Chaser’s Julian Morrow.
People interested in attending at anytime during the year simply click here to register or email

NSW Regional Women Leaders Forum on 25th March in Sydney.
Following the success of the Australian Regional Women Leaders Convention held in Melbourne in 2008, you are invited to the first NSW Regional Women Leaders Forum on 25th March in Sydney. This practical, hands-on event is for regional and rural women in NSW and will give you an opportunity to build local networks and discuss opportunities relevant to women in your state. To find out more, you can contact Vicki Houston on 1300 138 037 or email or click here to read the full PDF brochure on the NSW Regional Women Leaders Forum.

Please feel free to pass this email onto colleagues and ensure they are on our email list for future updates and invitations.

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